projectile

noun
pro·​jec·​tile | \ prə-ˈjek-tᵊl How to pronounce projectile (audio) , -ˌtī(-ə)l, chiefly British ˈprä-jik-ˌtī(-ə)l How to pronounce projectile (audio) \

Definition of projectile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a body projected by external force and continuing in motion by its own inertia especially : a missile for a weapon (such as a firearm)
2 : a self-propelling weapon (such as a rocket)

projectile

adjective

Definition of projectile (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : projecting or impelling forward a projectile force
2 : capable of being thrust forward

Examples of projectile in a Sentence

Noun

The cannon fires a ten-pound projectile. Someone threw a projectile at her car.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Police believe the projectiles were thrown from a wooded area near the parkway. Washington Post, "Southern Maryland crime report," 3 July 2019 The projectile crashed into the arrivals hall, damaging ceilings and windows and causing a fire, though the airport was able to keep functioning with only two flights canceled. Bruce Stanley, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Sees State Actor Behind Oil Tanker Attacks in Gulf Region," 13 June 2019 Other toys on the list include water balloon slingshots, on-ground water slides such as the Slip ‘N Slide, and projectile-firing toy guns. BostonGlobe.com, "Local consumer group warns of the dangers of popular summer toys," 19 June 2019 Thor has plenty of special abilities related to throwing and recalling his hammer, Iron Man hovers above the fray, firing projectiles at opponents, Hulk smashes, etc. Evan Lewis, EW.com, "5 takeaways from the Marvel's Avengers E3 gameplay demo," 12 June 2019 But high-velocity rounds are dangerous projectiles. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Are Airports Going to Do About Drones?," 9 Jan. 2019 The Houthis' al-Masirah television said projectiles were aimed at the Defense Ministry and other targets in the Saudi capital. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 24, 2018," 24 June 2018 The projectile crashed into the arrivals hall, damaging ceilings and windows and causing a fire, though the airport was able to keep functioning with only two flights cancelled. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Tanker attacks raise fears of Persian Gulf unrest," 13 June 2019 The cost of the LRLAP projectile, originally pegged at $50,000 each, ballooned to $800,000 each making them unaffordable to even the mighty U.S. Navy. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "After Only 3 Years in Service, the USS Zumwalt’s Mission Is Changing," 17 May 2019

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First Known Use of projectile

Noun

1564, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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projectile

noun

English Language Learners Definition of projectile

formal
: something (such as a bullet or rocket) that is shot from a weapon
: something (such as a rock) that is thrown as a weapon

projectile

noun
pro·​jec·​tile | \ prə-ˈjek-təl How to pronounce projectile (audio) \

Kids Definition of projectile

: something (as a bullet or rocket) thrown or shot especially from a weapon

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